SCHRIEVER, La. (AP) — It was a smaller crowd than organizers hoped for but protesters who gathered for a festival-styled protest near the BP facility in Schriever said their point was made. The Courier newspaper of Houma estimated Thursday's crowd at two to three dozen, rather than the hundreds that some organizers said they expected. But the Rev. Art Rocker of Pensacola, Fla., said the effort to raise BP's awareness of people affected by last year's Gulf oil spill was successful. The protesters want BP to find a way to compensate those affected by the spill whose losses are difficult to document with profit-and-loss statements or tax returns. Churches represented included small congregations whose ministers complain of having to cut programs because attendance is down and tithing less frequent since the spill.

(Information in the following story is from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com)